For The Record: Quick News On Lindsay Lohan, Lil Jon, Jadakiss And Beanie Sigel, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay & More

Lindsay Lohan got back to work after her hospital stay right away. She shot a revised guest spot on "That '70s Show" on Thursday, which is slated to air on November 10. ...

Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz have an acting gig lined up — as themselves. They're scheduled to tape an episode of the UPN show "All of Us" on Thursday, which will air November 23 at 8 p.m. ... "Why can't we be friends?" It was hip-hop hooray Friday night in Philadelphia. During a concert staged by local radio station Power 99, Jadakiss brought out his onetime rival Beanie Sigel onstage with him to perform. ...

In Gwen Stefani's current single, "What You Waiting For," Stefani pays a brief tribute to the girls of Harajuku, telling them they've got "wicked style." It seems out of place, like a throwaway line, but it's actually the set-up for another song on the album, called — what else — "Harajuku Girls," where the same lyrics become the basis of a chorus of sorts. In the song, Stefani sings, "Harajuku girls, you've got the wicked style/ I like the way that you are/ I'm your biggest fan." Other lyrics include "Your accessories are dead-on" and "Did you see your inspiration in my latest collection?" ... In between parties for the Radio Music Awards last week, Paris Hilton chatted with Salt Lake City radio station 94.9 ZHT, and dropped the news that she's planning to release her debut album in February. The album has no official title or release date yet, according to Hilton's label rep. ...

Los Angeles public radio station KCRW has postponed its annual benefit concert, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, which was billed as Coldplay's only U.S. show this year. Due to "scheduling and logistical conflicts," the sold-out concert will now be held in early 2005. ... Stevie Wonder stars in a new TV ad that encourages African-Americans to get their ballots in despite reports of voter fraud and intimidation. In the PSA, Wonder plays "America the Beautiful" on harmonica and says, "Many fought for the right. Many died for the right. You can't just talk about how you want this country to be. On November 2, vote with all your might." The non-partisan campaign also urges those who experience or witness voter intimidation to call 866-OUR-VOTE and document the incident at http://voterfraud.nationalvoice.org/. ...

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said that Michael Jackson prosecutor Tom Sneddon should stay on the case. In a response to the singer's defense team's effort to force the Santa Barbara DA to step down and be replaced with another prosecutor, Lockyer said in a court filing that Jackson had "not come close" to proving any misconduct on Sneddon's part. As for Jackson's argument that Sneddon held a grudge against him, Lockyer said that Sneddon's zeal in prosecuting the singer is more likely attributed to the DA's belief in the "strong evidence supporting [Jackson]'s guilt." ... Pink, Danny Masterson and Sum 41's Cone McCaslin all checked out Courtney Love's performance at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre Saturday night. In the spirit of Halloween she wore a costume — a pink ballerina outfit complete with slippers. By the end of the set, the slippers and the sleeves of her outfit were torn off and the ill-fitting corset top gave fans an unintentional peep show. Love was quick to comment on her recent legal woes as she cracked open a can of soda and said, "It's a Diet Coke. Everyone in the band is drunk but me." She also lamented, "I've been in the news a lot lately ...there's no stage diving tonight," as her security guard seemed to have to physically hold her back from jumping into the pit of fans. ...

Like heavy metal? Got some spare change burning a hole in your pocket? Maybe you should check out the massive Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock auction occurring live from New York's Hard Rock Cafe (and over the Internet at JulienEntertainment.com) on Saturday. Items up for bid include handwritten lyrics by late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, guitars smashed by Anthrax axeman Scott Ian and platinum album awards from Ozzy Osbourne. ... Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair has been diagnosed with strep throat and laryngitis, but is refusing to cancel any performances on the band's current tour. "I have never canceled a show due to poor health and don't plan on it now," Fair said in a statement. ...

Michelle Branch helped launch the new Estee Lauder cosmetics brand Flirt! last week at a Brooklyn, New York, Kohl's store. The singer, who's a guest creator for the line, introduced a collection which includes shades meant to be playful and whimsical that also happen to be named after songs from her album Hotel Paper. ... Give 'Em the Boot IV, a 26-track compilation set for release November 9 by Hellcat Records, features unreleased tracks from the late Clash singer/guitarist Joe Strummer and Rancid, among others. Strummer's contribution, a cover of the Delta blues tune "Junco Partner," was recorded with his band the Mescaleros in London. He formerly covered the song on the Clash's 1980 LP Sandinista! ...

Bon Jovi will be honored at the November 14 American Music Awards ceremony with the 31st Award of Merit. Legendary artists like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Prince, Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney have also won the award, which honors a member of the music community who has made "outstanding contributions to the musical entertainment of the American public." Tribute will be paid to Bon Jovi during the show, and they will also take the stage for a special performance. ... The reissue of Howie Day's latest album, Stop All the World Now, due November 16, features four bonus tracks, including an acoustic version of the album's latest single, "Collide." The original version of Day's second album was released October 7, 2003. ...

Rooney have recorded more than 14 songs with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Supergrass) for their second album, the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut, which they hope to release in the spring. ... Omaha, Nebraska, rockers Cursive are going the vinyl route for the release of their next single. According to a post on the band's Web site, they'll be releasing "The Recluse"— from last year's album The Ugly Organ — on a 10-inch picture disc via independent label Robotic Empire. The flip side of the disc features the Organ song "Art Is Hard." The post went on to say that the band is also busy compiling its early singles and B-sides for an album to be released on Saddle Creek Records in early 2005. ...

The Postal Service's breakthrough debut, Give Up, will be re-released as a deluxe double LP on November 9. The set will contain covers of songs by the Flaming Lips, remixes by John Tejada and Postal Service songs reinterpreted by the Shins and Iron & Wine. ... CMJ buzz band the Arcade Fire are set to show the rest of the country if they're worth the hype. The Montreal collective's 27-date North American tour kicks off November 11 in New York and wraps up December 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...

10.29.04

It seems that desperate times really do call for desperate measures. Moby, the one-time critic (and verbal punching bag) of Eminem, has changed his tune, heaping praise on the rapper for his controversial anti-Bush video for the song "Mosh." Writing on his Web site, Moby explains, "You know that Eminem and I have had our differences in the past. But this video ... is the best thing that I've seen all year. It's an amazing song and an even more amazing video." ...

The first photos of Justin Timberlake on the set of "Alpha Dog" are now surfacing, showing the shirtless singer sporting temporary tattoos of the Virgin Mary on his bicep, stars on his arm and Chinese writing on his side to help him look more like the gang member he's playing in the film. Also emblazoned on Timberlake's chest is the writing "Est. 1976." Based on the life of real-life drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood, "Alpha Dog" has fictionalized the thug's tale, renaming him Johnny Truelove. Timberlake plays Truelove's best friend. ... New music from Lil' Flip and members of the Wu-Tang Clan can be found on the forthcoming "Blade: Trinity" soundtrack, due in stores November 23 in two editions. The deluxe edition includes a manga comic piece and a bonus DVD that features anime and a behind-the-scenes documentary. In addition to Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and ODB working on two songs, five tracks are produced by the Rza, who co-composed the film's score. "Working with the Rza was a great experience," director David Goyer said in a statement. "He pulls in so many different, wide-ranging elements for his sounds and constantly surprises you. You'll never know where he'll find inspiration." ...

Voletta Wallace, the mother of Notorious B.I.G., has dropped a wrongful-death lawsuit against Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. Harry Billups), the man she has long accused of killing her son, according to the Los Angeles Times. The decision was made after a pretrial deposition during which Muhammad denied a connection to Biggie's death and offered to take a lie-detector test, unidentified sources told the Times. Wallace's 2002 lawsuit still names the city of Los Angeles and former corrupt LAPD officer David Mack (Muhammad's former college roommate), although her conspiracy theory is weakened without targeting a specific shooter. Muhammad was never questioned by police, but the FBI began investigating his link to Mack (who also denies involvement) last year. ...

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which is near the hometowns of both Clay Aiken and Fantasia Barrino, is adding a class in January called "Examining 'American Idol' Through Musical Critique." Class members will be required to critique the contestants of the show, and for the final, write a paper about who deserves to win. ... In other "Idol" news, George Huff's My Christmas EP is due November 9. The album, produced by Cedric and Victor Caldwell (Whitney Houston), includes "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" and a medley of "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." ...

Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, Eve and Patti LaBelle are among those currently in discussions to be cast in an upcoming indie film called "Ladies Night," according to the film's producers. The movie — which would be made by the team behind "Monster's Ball" — is about a group of women who spend a sort of "Sex and the City" night on the town in Philadelphia, in which no topics are off limits. ... Meanwhile, LaBelle encouraged people with diabetes to keep managing their condition so they can live life to the fullest by hosting the first-ever Diabetes Freedom Day in Philadelphia on Thursday. LaBelle, who has type 2 diabetes, said in a statement that "diabetes freedom is all about attitude. My positive, take-charge approach has allowed me to successfully manage my diabetes. It's the first step toward leading a healthier life." ...

According to a post by Trent Reznor on his Web site, the long-delayed new album from Nine Inch Nails has a new title. After months of going under the handle Bleedthrough, the LP will now be called With Teeth. Reznor goes on to write that "the mixing of the new record has begun with Alan Moulder. The final track listing is being discussed and determined. The live band is becoming real. Things are in forward motion." ... Ryan Adams, James Iha and members of the Strokes will be the guest DJs this weekend in New York at Misshapes, an event held every Saturday at Luke & Leroy's in the West Village. ...

Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records will celebrate 10 years of hitmaking with Roc-A-Fella Records' 10th Anniversary Kick-Off. To be held Wednesday at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the event will include an interview with Dash as well as a discussion with key members of the Roc team. The celebration will also feature a performance from Roc-A-Fella artist Nicole Wray. ... The recording industry hit a slight stumbling block after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Internet service providers in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania must notify their customers of their rights before turning over their names to the RIAA. According to Judge Cynthia Rufe's October 12 order, customers who don't live in the district but whose ISPs are based there may challenge the court's jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the RIAA filed another 750 anonymous, John Doe lawsuits based on alleged infringers' computer IP addresses, and an additional 213 against defendants identified by their ISPs who refused to settle their cases with the record companies. ...

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem will be the special guest at Le Tigre's show Friday in Philadelphia. Steinem, who is on her own tour of swing states, will introduce the band and discuss how the personal becomes political. More info on Steinem's tour can be found on ProgressiveVoters.com. ... Despite objections from lawyers for civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks that their client already has people making decisions on her behalf, a federal judge has refused to reconsider his appointment of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer as a guardian for the 91-year-old, according to The Associated Press. Archer was appointed by U.S. District Judge George Steeh to protect the ailing Parks' interests in two civil lawsuits she filed against Outkast's record label. The first suit, filed in 1999, claims the group used Parks' name without permission as the title of one of their songs, while the second, filed in August, is seeking more than $5 billion in damages from Outkast's record companies as well as two booksellers. ...

Having just wrapped up a European tour two weeks ago, Sparta aren't going to relax. On Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, they'll kick off another North American jaunt in support of their new album, Porcelain. Florida emo-punks Further Seems Forever will open for the group. ... The Backstreet Boys have chosen their new single — it's a song called "Poster Girl," according to A.J. McLean's mother, Denise, who's been providing updates about the group on her Web site. "The boys are now in Stockholm recording with Max Martin," she wrote on Wednesday, "and will be back to their respective homes at the end of this month. As far as my son tells me, the first single is still due out at the end of the November." ...